Violinist Sandra Billingslea, received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Michigan State University. Miss Billingslea is a long standing member of the Scandia Symphony, Queens Symphony, the Long Island Philharmonic, the New York Virtuosi Ensemble, the Bronx Arts Ensemble, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Dance Theatre of Harlem & the Boys Choir of Harlem Orchestras and the New York Ragtime Orchestra. She has played in several Broadway shows including The Producers, The Man from Oz, Miss Saigon, the original Dreamgirls, Follies, The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Guys & Dolls, The King & I & Timbuktu.
Ms. Billingslea has performed on recordings, television commercials, & movie scores including Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing, School Daze, Age of Innocence, Carlito’s Way & Indian in the Cupboard. She’s played with popular music and jazz artist including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Lena Horne, Barry White, Brittany Spears, Luther Vandross, Abbey Lincoln, Ray Charles, Donna Summers, Dionne Warwick, Jay Black, Phyllis Hyman, Sammy Davis Jr., Billy Ocean and many more. Ms. Billingslea has been a pioneer in Special Education through her work with special needs children in the “Music Outreach” Program and the West End Little Symphony. She was also a “Teaching Artist” & “Artist in Residence” for the New York State Council for the Arts and Lincoln Center Arts in Education, the Westchester Philharmonic, a violin instructor at the Waldorf School of Garden City, the Ridgewood Conservatory of Music, Rutgers University and York College CUNY.
She is a professional storyteller, having told stories with The Queens, Scandia & West End Symphonies & The Housing Authority Orchestra. Recently, she joined the Color of Music Festival Ensemble, an international orchestra/chamber ensemble of Black Classical Musicians. Life is ever changing and good.*